The Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission from ending voter registration on June 30, 2022.
Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon issued the interim injunction on Monday following the hearing of an argument on motion exparte by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.
SERAP and 185 concerned Nigerians had earlier this month sued INEC, asking the court to “declare unconstitutional, illegal, and incompatible with international standards the failure of the electoral body to extend the deadline for voter registration to allow eligible Nigerians to exercise their rights.”
In the suit, SERAP had asked the court for “an order restraining INEC, its agents, privies, assigns, or any other person(s) claiming through it from discontinuing the continuous voters’ registration exercise from the 30th June 2022 or any other date pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”
The group is also asking the court for “an order of mandamus to direct and compel INEC to extend voter registration by a minimum of three months and take effective measures to ensure that eligible Nigerians are able to register to exercise their right to vote in the 2023 general elections.”
The case was adjourned to 29th June, 2022 for the hearing of the Motion on Notice for interlocutory injunction.
SERAP had dragged INEC to court afteri extended the deadline for the conduct of primaries by political parties by six days, but refused to extend the online pre-registration which ended May 30 2022 and the Continuous Voter Registration ending June 30, 2022.